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Major undersea earthquake occurs near South Pacific's New Caledonia

31 October 2017 12:50

ASTANA. KAZINFORM A major earthquake struck below the seabed off New Caledonia in the South Pacific on Tuesday, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Xinhua News Agency reports.

The magnitude-7.0 tremor did not trigger a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii and the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.

The quake epicenter was situated 117.48 km east of Tadine town, on the Loyalty Islands, part of the French territory east of Australia.

A spokesman for the government in Noumea said the temblor could not be felt in the New Caledonian capital, local media reported.